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2012 Honda Classic Preview: Tiger Woods To Play In Tournament For First Time Since 1993

Tiger Woods returns to the Honda Classic for the first time since 1993, headlining a very talented field.

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The last time Tiger Woods played in the Honda Classic he was just 17-years old and the immortal Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day was still in theaters. Now almost twenty years later, he will tee it up at the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm, Florida for the second time. He added this tournament to his schedule late in the process, but joins a very talented field that will start play on Thursday.

Last year it was Rory Sabatini outlasting Y.E. Yang for the tournament title, but with all of the big names in the field this year, golf fans would be disappointed to see a similar result. Defending U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy will start play at 7:30 on Thursday morning and is playing with Keegan Bradley, another young gun on the PGA tour. But the feature group is headlined by Woods and two other top players Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood. I wouldn't be surprised to see the eventual tournament winner come from one of these two early pairings.

We'll have plenty more on this tournament throughout the week here on SB Nation Tampa Bay, but please head to the SB Nation golf hub page and Waggle Room for more news and updates.

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